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Plaudits for Aussie director's London play

Press Association logoPress Association 5/08/2016

Critics have hailed a new London production of the play Yerma directed by Simon Stone, dubbed the "enfant terrible of young Australian theatre".

After the first night at the Young Vic, former pop star Billie Piper also won rave reviews for her role as Yerma, a woman obsessed by her infertility - in a revival of a 1934 Spanish play.

What's On Stage's Sarah Crompton wrote that "thanks to the cleverness of (Simon Stone's) own adaptation and a devastating central performance by Billie Piper, it blows the dust off Federico Garcia Lorca's 1934 original and turns it into a challenging play for today".'s Marianka Swain recalled that Stone's 2014 version of Ibsen's The Wild Duck at the Barbican starred a live duck, and said he had returned to London to take on Lorca's 1934 "tragic poem".

"If some of the elemental lyricism has been lost in this updating, which trades rural Spain for contemporary London, it's a small price to pay for a raw, searing work that builds to a shattering climax," Swain wrote.

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